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Chicago Occupy Wall Street Protesters march through the streets of downtown Chicago, Illinois, May 19, 2012

Chicago Occupy Wall Street Protesters march through the streets of downtown Chicago, Illinois, May 19, 2012

Occupy Wall Street protesters are expected to take to streets in the city of Tampa, Florida to voice their opposition to the Republican Party’s National Convention. Thousands of American protesters and activists will descend onto Tampa Bay on Monday ahead of the convention in order to say NO to America’s political system that only works for the political elite of 1%. The protesters accuse the US authorities of ignoring their needs while serving the interests of the country’s rich and powerful groups. While staging hundreds of demonstrations since the occupy movement began in the US in 2011, protesters have demanded better jobs, healthcare, affordable education, equality and peace. Tampa police have reportedly been preparing for mass arrests across the city during the convention. According to reports, the FBI is teaming up with corporate media in a bid to crack down on protesters. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will also attend the convention, which will kick off on Tuesday and will immediately be followed by the Democratic National Convention. SAB/JR/AZ